The Bensalem Police Assisting in Recovery program (BPAIR) is now operational and Bensalem Township residents battling addiction now have a helping hand to assist them. BPAIR is an active program aimed at helping people deal with opioid and other drug addictions by connecting them to a treatment provider. Law enforcement agencies across the country have been confronted by the consequences of drug addiction and the toll it has on their community. BPAIR is a path to recovery for an individual and an effective approach to the growing opioid epidemic.
So how does BPAIR work? Any Bensalem resident struggling with substance abuse can walk into the Bensalem Police Department anytime 24/7 and ask for help. The participant will then be be paired with a “Navigator” (volunteer) who will accompany them to a nearby treatment center for an assessment. Transportation will be provided from the police department to the facility. The “Navigator” will offer support and encouragement to the person seeking help until the assessment process begins. Bensalem Police has partnered with Gaudenzia Inc., a treatment facility, where the person will be assessed by a drug & alcohol professional.
An exception to the program would be if the participant is found to have an active warrant. The individual would be taken into custody and would be welcome to return once they have taken care of their legal matters.
A BPAIR helpline has been set up for Bensalem residents. If you need help please call 215-633-3727.
Please contact Ann Marie Edman, the program coordinator at 215-633-3674 if you have any questions about the program.
Have a Child Age 12-18 with an Alcohol or Drug Problem? If your child refuses treatment, there is another option.